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Hot Game Magnet: Board game reviews

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Alison and Justin, review all their favourite board games, so you can be up to date on what’s hot in the world of tabletop games. Reviews of exciting games from Kickstarter and established games. Discover the features of board games from replay ability, how to win, component pieces, cost, expansions… read more

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November 20th, 2023


It's time for Kickstarter Round-up November 2023!

Hello fellow board game addicts. It's time to find out what games are hot and why we think so! After all, we are called Hot game Magnet for a reason. It's not because we …

Fuzzlets - creator interview

November 7th, 2023


We are always on the lookout for boardgames that the kids can enjoy. It's so important to find ways to engage with them and draw them away from wanting to spend all their time watching Youtube or playing video games. 


October 23rd, 2023


Social deduction games are really fun. However, it's hard to find social deduction games that work with low player counts. Many of the most popular …

Kabuto Sumo

October 10th, 2023


It's generally frownded upon in civilized society to make your pets fight other peoples pets for entertainment. Their are a few exceptions, like …

Fire Tower

September 26th, 2023


One bit of warning. If you are hoping to play a game about saving the forest from fire, then this is not that game at all. Your goal is basically the opposite, and you win by spreading the fire as much as you can to …

campy creatures

September 12th, 2023


When I was a kid I used to pretend that I was a mad scientist and I used my science skills to make insain monsters. All for the greater good of Humanity of course. I recently discoverered Campy Creatures, a game about …


August 29th, 2023


What's the most fun thing about board games? For me it might be the opportunity to explore stories and possibilities through imagination while being able to engage with others and the game. For others it might be to …

viking see-saw

August 15th, 2023


Sometimes the simplest games are the ones you play the most. Viking See-Saw is a new game from Itten Games and game designer Dr. Reinerkunitia. I'm a …


August 1st, 2023


Expeditions is a new game within the 1920+ universe that was created by artist Jakub Rozalski. The game designer Jamey Stegmaier previously partnered …

KSRU July 2023

July 18th, 2023


Hello fellow board game addicts. Are you looking for someone to help enable your cripling addiction? If yes, then you're in luck because this week we talk about all the games I currently want to buy and think that maybe …

Stranger Things -UPSIDE DOWN-

July 3rd, 2023


I always want games based on IP that I love but most of the time games based on popular shows or TV are pretty terrible. Consequently, I avoid buying …

Zombicide Gear Up

June 20th, 2023


Zombicide: Gear Up Review & Kickstarter Roundup.

We have a few favourite things in boardgames. We like co-operative games. We like fast gameplay and replayability. We love Zombicide, but we also love compact games …

Excavation Earth

June 6th, 2023


There are a lot of board games about buying and selling in a market. It's a very popular drama, and having played more than a few I can tell you it's …

Rhino Hero Super Battle

May 23rd, 2023


Sometimes the things you suspect you wont enjoy turn out to be the things you enjoy the most. For example, lots of people think PB&J is gross without even trying it, but their wrong. I never wanted to play Rhino …


May 9th, 2023


Hidden Movement is one of the most thematic mechanics in board gaming. There is just something about sneaking around the game board and springing traps on your opponent that really sucks you into the fantasy world of …


April 25th, 2023


Do we really need more Zombicide, Heavy Euros, or Niche game reprints? Yes. Yes we do. It's time again to check out all the games I'm trying to convince myself to back or not to back on kickstarter. The list is ever …

Mark Swanson: Odd Bird Games

April 11th, 2023


Feudum by Mark Swanson is one of my all-time favorite games, but after five expansions fans of the game are hungry for something new from its creator.

I had the opportunity to speak with Mark about the future of his …

On Tour Paris and New York

March 28th, 2023


What's better than Travel Games or Traving? Playing Travel Games while Traveling. I really like games that are set in a real-world location, and I kind of want to go all over the world and play games in the real-world …

Kingdom Death Monster

March 14th, 2023


 Kingdom Death Monster is like no other game we have reviewed. It's easily the biggest, both in physical size and gameplay content. It is very dark. …


February 28th, 2023


Getting your kids involved in the boardgame hobby is one of the major payoffs for parents who are avid gamers. It's not always so easy though. What …


February 14th, 2023


Chateau is a new Roll&Write game coming to kickstarter  as a Print&Play. We got the chance to check it out early when Rolling Rhino Games …

118 K.S.R.U. February 2023

January 31st, 2023


I don't buy every game I like but I probably buy more than I should. that's okay. I've made my peace. It could be drugs, right? At least it's not …

Skate Summer

January 16th, 2023


I always wanted to be a skate boarder, but I grew up in the country with a dirt road and also, I didn't like all the falling down so I never really got to live the dream.  Pandasaurus games new release Skate Summer, …

116 Y.E.R.U. 2022

January 3rd, 2023


Another Year come and gone. We played a lot of games. Some of them were good, some of them not so good, and some of them were pretty great. We went …

115 Namiji

December 6th, 2022


Mechanics are supremely important to a great game, but mechanics are not the only thing that makes a game great. Story, theme, and art are clearly very important as well. Namiji, the newest game from FunForge (the …

114 Marvel Zombies Heroes Resistance

November 30th, 2022


Zombicide is pretty much what got us into modern board gaming, so we are always exited to see a new version, and man do they every have a lot of …

Kickstarter boardgame roundup Oct 2022

November 1st, 2022


What's more fun than playing your favorite boardgame? Maybe nothing, but a close second is drooling over the latest list of upcoming boardgames that …

112 CMON TeenTitansLooneyTunes

September 10th, 2022


We got to check out the Mayhem Games system from CMON with our kickstarter copies of Looney Tunes and Teen Titans Go from the CMON animation …

111 So You've Been Eaten

August 16th, 2022


So You've Been Eaten has to be one of the funniest premises for a game that we've come across. It also helps that the game has fun mechanics, great art, and is for 2 players. Also, it Plays in about 30 minutes which …

110 2MinuteDinoDeal

July 27th, 2022


The hardest part about getting kids into board-games is probably dealing with their often very short attention spans. In this world of YouTube, TikToc and instagram influencers, kids don't really have a lot of patience …

109 catapult kingdom

July 14th, 2022


We love a good crunchy game with lots of paths to victory, but you know what, we also love a good simple game of smashing your enemies.

There is a …

108 kickstarter roundup June 2022

June 25th, 2022


I've been trying really hard not to buy too many things on Kickstarter this year. Thanks a lot June! You've kicked me right off the wagon once again. Check out what kickstarter games are currently destroying my savings …

107 Clash of Galliformes - preview

June 14th, 2022


We love unique concepts combined with great gameplay. We recently got to preview Clash of Galliformes from Todys Design and it really did grab us. the game play is strategic and action packed, but what we really loved …

106 railroad ink

June 4th, 2022


I've never had much interest in trains but I have to say, Railroad Ink is so well designed and beautifully illustrated I can almost see myself as a …

The Mind

May 20th, 2022


Do you love ghost stories and Magic shows? I'm not sure if the metaphysical world is real but I love pretending. I don't really want to know how the rabbit got in the hat because I love feeling the magic. If this is how …


April 21st, 2022


I can't believe it took us almost a year to get Ankh off the shelf and onto the table. Was it worth the wait? Could this be a contender for …

Factory Funner

March 25th, 2022


Factories are not the funnest thing in the world. I think actually, they have a pretty strong reputation for being not at all fun. However, from the …

Potion Explosion

February 9th, 2022


Sometimes the best part of a game is the physical nature of it's mechanics. Potion Explosion is a perfect example. It's at it's core an excellent puzzle game, but what really makes it shine is the way it uses glass …

kickstarter roundup January

January 27th, 2022


Wow! 2022 is off too an exciting start with some awesome looking games up on kickstarter. One in particular looks to overshadow everything else, but …

God's Love Dinosaurs

January 14th, 2022


I'm not sure how many dinosaur themed games is too many, but I am sure we haven't hit that limit. This week we review God's Love Dinosaurs from Pandasuarus Games. Even though it is from the same company that created …

2021 year end wrapup

January 5th, 2022


2021 as a pretty wild year, but through it all we got to play and review some excellent games. This is the end of our third year going at HotGameMagnet and it's time to pick our top five games for the year. let us know …

Power Slam! The wrestling card game

December 11th, 2021


Power Slam is a hand management card game designed to bring all the fun and excitement of professional wrestling to your table. If you are a huge wrestling fan, like the games creators, this might just be the perfect …

kickstarter roundup November 2021

November 12th, 2021


We haven't done a kickstarter roundup in a while so I'm pretty excited to have a look at a few really cool games currently running funding campaigns. …

Aqua garden

November 3rd, 2021


It's time to get into the fish displaying business. Aqua Garden By Uchibacoya is a cute and surprisingly cut throat game about building the most lovely (and profitable) aquarium. Fill your Aquarium with clown fish, sea …

Dinosaur Island Rawr 'n Write

October 22nd, 2021


Dinosaur Island is one of our all time favorite games. It's not perfect but it perfectly captures the fun and imagination that dinosaurs inspire. A big part of that fun was the excessive amount of blingy components and …

Goldenstar - Interview

October 3rd, 2021


This week we had the opportunity to speak with Jacek of Gindi games about Goldenstar: The Galactic Tournament. Goldenstar will be launching on …

5 minute marvel

September 9th, 2021


It took us 25 minutes to talk about a game that takes 5 minutes to play. Five Minute Marvel is a super quick game but oh my goodness, it's so fun. I did not expect this game to be such a hit, but it is already one of …

Battle For Goldenstar

August 27th, 2021


game preview. This week we got the chance to play a preview of Battle For Goldenstar, an area movement and hand management game, with a pretty cool …

Top Pop

July 28th, 2021


This week we have a talk with Jason Washburn of Talon Strikes Studios about their new game "Top Pop". It's a fun chat about what makes Talon Strikes Studios unique, and why Top Pop might be the perfect game to add to …

090 KS Roundup June 2021

June 30th, 2021


June came and went pretty fast. As have a lot of great looking games on Kickstarter. This week we have a look at a few of those games that are still going and that you may want to back. There's something for everyone. …

089 Crash Octopus

June 17th, 2021


I'm a sucker for bright colors and gonzoid themes. Crash Octopus from Itten Games does not disappoint. It's a light-hearted dexterity game that is …

Mark Swanson: Oddbird Games

June 4th, 2021


This week I got to speak with the designer of one of our all time favorite games. Actually, we talk about this game all the time and use it as a bench mark when discussing other games. If you haven't guessed already the …

Hellboy revisited

May 20th, 2021


I don't think there are any games that we have played too much, but there are definitely games that we haven't played enough. 

Hellboy was one of our favorite games from 2019 but surprisingly we haven't played it at all …

Santa Monica

May 10th, 2021


There is something magical about the boardwalk beach fronts and developments of coastal cities. Santa Monica is one of those iconic locations, and Santa Monica the board game with art by Jeremy Nguyen captures that …

Zombicide 2nd ED

May 5th, 2021


Is Zombicide the perfect board game? Well, they made a second edition so maybe it had some room for improvement. Is it now better than ever, or is it …

kickstarter roundup April 2021

April 27th, 2021


It's time for another round up of what's cool on kickstarter. This month we found a few big miniature driven games, on which you can spend all of …

Travis Hancock - Facade Games

April 4th, 2021


Travis and Holly Hancock launched Facade Games in 2015 with the kickstarter release of their first game, Salem. They never thought it would be …

Pigeon games - Pete Walsh

March 29th, 2021


This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Pete Walsh of Pigeon games. I talk with Pete about his games past present and future, and about how his love of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lead into a career in Boardgame …


March 22nd, 2021


Some games are an absolute must have, but for some reason I keep not having them. today we talk about one of those games that is so good there really …

kickstarter roundup March 2021

March 15th, 2021


What a magnificent haul of new games on kickstarter! I wish I could back all of them but I guess I'll just have to be happy to talk about them... and …

Silverwood Grove

March 8th, 2021


Have you ever had a great idea and then doubted yourself to much to try putting it out there? Creating something great can be a lot of work, but the hardest part is probably just taking the first steps. Today we talk to …

love letter

March 4th, 2021


Some games just have legs! Today we talk about a simple game that we can't seem to stop bringing back to the table. The surprisingly re-playable Love letter!

kickstarter roundup Feb 2021

February 23rd, 2021


It's time to round up all our favorite games coming out on kickstarter! This month we talk about cowboy Zombies, warring factions of woodland critters, a monster cafe, aliens invading mars, and a game about racing up a …

Raiders of Scythia

February 15th, 2021


Ah Raiders of Scythia. Who knew that doing math and learning about history could be so much fun? I guess everyone that already played Raiders of the …


February 2nd, 2021


This week is a huge episode! We talk about our Game BushPoo! It will be launching on kickstarter on March 1st. Click the link below to be notified on launch!


January 25th, 2021


This week we review a game that is completely different from any game we played before. Sonora is a "Flick and Write" game from Pandasaurus games. Is it a dexterity game or a puzzle game or both? is Fun? What's a Flick …

Wayfinders Game Review

January 18th, 2021


In today's episode we talk about Wayfinders by Pandasaurus games. In this game you get a to pilot a seaplane and set up hangars on remote islands. It's a game of strategy and can be quite crunchy and yet is still …


January 4th, 2021


is there anything more fun than building a fort with your friends in that golden era between being a kid and being not a kid? Maybe not, but Fort by …

year end wrap-up 2020

December 31st, 2020


2020 is all wrapped up, and so it time for us to wrap up all of our favorite games from the year and pick our best game of 2020! We played a ton of great games so it wasn't easy, but we narrowed it down to our top five. …

ticket to ride first journey

December 15th, 2020


I Think what I love about euro games is that no matter what the theme is the game can be fun. I have zero interest in trains, but the kids and I can't get enough of ticket to ride: first journey! Why is this game so …

kickstarter roundup December 2020

December 8th, 2020


Time for our last round up of kickstarter campaigns for the year of 2020! We found a few games that look like they might be winners, but only time will tell.


November 23rd, 2020


We keep finding new types of games and mechanics that we haven't played before. Pendulum by Stonemaier games uses a unique version of the timed round …

Best of Werewolves of Miller's Hollow

November 16th, 2020


What gives a game staying power? Werewolves of Miller's Hollow is a game that has been around in one form or another for decades, or maybe even …


November 8th, 2020


Today I speak with Matt Carlson from Wandersquares: The Underwood Tunnels. Matt is the soul creator, marketer and designer of this cool new family …

Shadow Network

October 30th, 2020


In this episode we speak with Jason Washburn from Talon Strike Studios, about his latest game Shadow Network: a game about spies. We cover everything from game play, to how the game came about and what to expect from …

Kickstarter roundup October 2020

October 26th, 2020


It's Almost November but that doesn't mean we don't have time to covet all the many games now available to back on kickstarter right now in October! 

Camp Pinetop

October 19th, 2020


Everybody knows the best part about being a scout is achieving merit badges. In Camp Pinetop by Talon Strike Studios we find out how much fun that really is, and you can do it at home, or while your camping if you want.

Mantis Falls Interview

October 11th, 2020


In this week's episode I speak with Juli Bierwirth from Distant Rabbit Games, Mantis Falls. This was their first game and it launched on Kickstarter …

Racoon Tycoon

October 5th, 2020


Raccoon Tycoon with the Fat Cat expansion created by Glenn Drover and Forbidden Games. Is this our new favourite game about adorable woodland …

Silly Shapes

September 25th, 2020


SIlly Shapes is the gateway game I was looking for to introduce my kids to gaming, as well youth that insist on playing U-no-what. In this episode I interview Benjamin Lannen, the creator behind Silly Shapes, a fun …

Kickstarter Roundup Sept 2020

September 23rd, 2020


It's time again to round up the best and most interesting games on kickstarter and beyond. We really enjoy doing our kickstarter roundups, because even though we can't always by every game we want it's good fun to learn …

Boss Babe

September 14th, 2020


In this week's episode I speak with Brian Fisher from Kickstarter game Boss Babe. This game is different than anything we've ever seen before. It …


September 4th, 2020


In this episode of Hot Game Magnet we interview the guys who made Syndicate, a 4x game where you get to play as a mafia organisation in the year 3105. A very specific year in the future because that's when organised …

Tokyo Sidekick

August 30th, 2020


In this week's episode we talk with Jackson Wood from Tokyo Sidekick about their current Kickstarter. Tokyo Sidekick is a cool game that uses …

Marvel United

August 23rd, 2020


In today's episode we discuss the latest CMON game to arrive at our place: Marvel United. It's a fun cooperative game where you get to be your favourite super hero, fighting against a super villain- or even just a …

kickstarter roundup august 2020

August 18th, 2020


It's time for a kickstarter roundup! We talk about 4 games that are currently up on kickstarter for funding. There are of course many more but these are the ones we thought looked most interesting.

Backyard Cricket Dice Game

August 9th, 2020


In this episode of Hot Game Magnet we speak with Haplo Da Biggs creator of the Backyard Cricket Dice Game. This game is unique in its marketing and design and will give you an insight into a uniquely Australian game. In …

Soft Poached Hedgehogs

August 2nd, 2020


Soft Poached Hedgehogs is an up and coming card game involving you being a hedgehog Chef trying to add ingredients to bake enough recipes to win the …

Meeple Marketing

July 26th, 2020


In today's episode I interview Nalin Chuapetcharasopon, founder of Meeple Marketing, and ask her how someone would go about marketing a board game …

Power Slam!

July 19th, 2020


Today’s episode is very special because it’s our 50th episode. Also, it is our very first interview. Today we talk with creator and comic Ray Cashman about his up and coming Power Slam card game. The artwork is high …

Black Angel

July 12th, 2020


In this episode of Hot Game Magnet we discuss our new favourite game Black Angel. This game from Pearl Games has been on our shelf since Christmas, but we have only just got it out. Black Angel the board game is a hand …

up late

June 16th, 2020


Three for the price of 1! This week we discuss what's hot on on our game table this past week, what's hot on Kickstarter right now, and HotGameMagnets hot new game Push Poo!


June 3rd, 2020


Sometimes its nice to play a game that's all about the endeavour to push the limits of what humanity can achieve in science and exploration. Most importantly, it's nice to do it better than your opponents. Godspeed, by …

covid-19 edition

May 21st, 2020


It's always been a dream of ours to be locked in the house with all the time in the world to play as many board games as we want. Maybe we should …

Root - Underworld

May 5th, 2020


The woodland creatures are not alright. For us, that okay because waging war between the highly asymmetrical factions of ROOT never gets old. …

April 2020 kickstarter roundup

April 20th, 2020


While we are holed up in self isolation, we have been able to play a lot of games. However, this episode is all about games to come. there may be a …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change is Constant

April 8th, 2020


the next chapter in IDW's board game adaptation of IDW's comic book reboot of the massive hit; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!


March 23rd, 2020


We discuss our old favourite game- Feudum, and their latest expansion Rudders and Ramparts. (Why is it not called Boats and Castles? Who knows.)  

Blood Rage 2

March 11th, 2020


Getting expansions for our favorite games means we get to play them more and review them again. Does Blood Rage stay on the top of our list of most …

Arcadia Quest Inferno

February 24th, 2020


Justin always said he would go to hell before he played a game with chibi's. Luckly, Arcadia Quest: Inferno, allows him to do both!  We live in a …

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